By Kim Brooks, Express Editor
The Jones County Board of Supervisors set a rock letting date for Tuesday, May 14, at 9:30 a.m.
At the Supervisors meeting on April 30, County Engineer Derek Snead said they want to resurface approximately 177.14 miles of secondary roads throughout the county, with crushed stone, and meet the requirements of 1-inch crushed stone and/or Class A crushed stone.
Snead said he would be sending out bid notices within the week.
Unlike past rock letting seasons, Snead said he would like to see less contract rock and more spot rock done this season. He said this practice could save the county a third of what was budgeted for contract rock.
“We can increase spot rock if needed with the savings from contract rock,” Snead explained.
Supervisor Keith Dirks added that the county experimented with this type of practice in the mid-’90s, but said, “Roads deteriorated pretty quickly.”
Snead said this is just something Secondary Roads is going to try out.
Snead also cautioned that county bridges with load limits posted could affect the cost of contract rock, as trucks will have to find alternate routes at times.
The start date for contract rock is anticipated for June 1, with 30 working days.
The county budgeted $650,000 for contract rock. The estimated cost per ton is about $8, with an estimated total cost of $437,104.
Snead also spoke to the Board regarding an additional condemnation case with a landowner associated with the Richland Road/County Road D-65 project. One condemnation case will take place in min-June.
“It’s not realistic to start the project this year” said Snead, concerning a few delays.
The Board approved of the notice to proceed with condemnation.
In other county business:
• Amy Picray, county treasurer, presented her quarterly investment report to the Board.
The county’s total investment in money market funds and accounts is $11,553,180.29. The county is not investing in CDs. Total assets are at $14,794,929.81.
Picray commented that a woman drove to Jones County from Cedar Rapids to renew her driver’s license, and complimented the staff in the Treasurer’s Office on their friendly behavior.
“I can’t say enough about my staff,” said Picray.
Picray also commented on bills Governor Branstad recently signed concerning driver’s licenses in Iowa. She said people will be able to renew their licenses online, taking funds out of the Jones County Treasurer’s Office.
“Our office will lose the money,” stressed Picray. “People need to support their county offices.”
If people renew their licenses online, the county loses out on that revenue, which will go to the state.
• Jeff Swisher, county chief deputy sheriff, and Brian Eckhardt, deputy sheriff, spoke to the Supervisors about increasing their department’s petty cash fund.
Eckhardt explained the petty cash fund is used for certain drug investigations in the county. He said the current balance of $100 in the Sheriff Department’s petty cash fund is not sufficient for what is needed.
“We don’t anticipate needing to use it on a regular basis,” said Eckhardt.
The Board approved increasing the petty cash from $100 to $500.